Students at local schools prepare to walk out of class today

To mark the one month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students and teachers around the country will be leaving their classrooms for seventeen minutes at 10 a.m. local time for the National School Walkout.

It’s being being treated as a chance to not only honor the 17 people who were killed in Florida but also to put pressure on lawmakers to pass stricter gun laws.

Many Spokane-area schools say students and some staff will be participating in walkouts and related activities.

Sacajawea Middle School in Spokane will hold a Show Kindness Day assembly where 17 different students will speak for one minute each or share a piece of their artwork to convey how they’re feeling.

Spokane School District spokesman Kevin Morrison says it is also a reinforcement of their ‘see something, say something’ campaign, encouraging students to feel empowered to alert trusted adults should they see a classmate in emotional distress.

At Coeur d’Alene High School and East Valley High School, students will peacefully exit classes at 10 a.m. for seventeen minutes of silence.

Gonzaga Preparatory School will have a student-led forum on gun violence prior to their 17-minute walkout at 10 a.m.

Freeman High School students will meet outside for 18 minutes. They’re adding an extra minute of silence for Sam Strahan, the Freeman High School student who was killed by his classmate in a shooting at the school last September.

At Cheney High School, students will go to the football field to mark the walkout and the principal of the school plans to speak.